Is Up and Running! is my last dance, for which death must stop and wait.

On May 29, 2021, at about the same time that my mother gave birth to me 76 years ago, my wish to give birth to my new baby,, was fulfilled. As promised, 4 new stories appeared, not previously included in the earlier “Sneak Preview” version:

1. Remembering Wally White and Faith Ministries, originally published in the Religion Section of the December 19-20 Weekend Brattleboro Reformer is our lead story.

Vermont Re-Making Jurassic Park – You Can Be A Part Of It

There’s a project in Vermont this summer to re-create the film Jurassic Park, and you can be a part of it.

Crowdsourced Cinema VT is looking for Vermont filmmakers, videographers, artists, animators, musicians, and more to volunteer to re-make a scene from the dinosaur park movie. It’s a state-wide project and regional collaboration among media access centers.

Make A Snow Head Out of A Pile Of Snow, Win $100

See all those piles of snow all over Brattleboro? Those are really the heads of giant happy monsters, waiting for you to carve out.

This year, thanks to a grant from the Town Arts Fund, there are three $100 prizes available for the top three Snow Heads, Judged for 1) Goofiness, 2) Artistry, or 3) The level of delight that it causes. 

The Rosefire Writing Circle Offers Community and Support with Deborah Lee Luskin

Deborah Lee Luskin

Beginning in January 2021, the Rosefire Writing Circle will meet virtually on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 in addition to Fridays from 1-3. Writers of any ability are welcome to join us. The writing circle allows writers to overcome the fear and loneliness of facing a blank page by providing the support of writing to the same prompt with others. This proven format creates a kind of writing magic from which everyone benefits. We write, we read, we have fun.

Last Night

Did you every awaken from a dream, which inspires a poem?

For more, please hit the “Full Story” button.

For the Amusement of Petitioners

Leafing through an old notebook, I found this poem by myself called Petitioning. It was written a long time ago in 2005 but despite the issues being 15 years out of date, it still made me laugh. If you’ve ever petitioned, you might get a chuckle too….

Primal Wounds

Someday, all will be forgiven. We will be dead then.

Changed, Transformed, In Heaven. 

We won’t have to social distance any more. How many lovers who just want to hug each other have become stuck… one in Spain, the other in Georgia unable to fly?

You Are Doomed. Congratulations!

Class of 2020, welcome to your virtual commencement address. Please mute your microphones.

You don’t need me to tell you that the Class of 2020 is like no other. A world locked down over a virus caused your senior year to go off the rails. 

Some of you were probably happy to get out of classes and in-person tests, but you were denied the reward that every other senior before you received for faithfully attending school for so many years – the joy of the final countdown to graduation.

Pandemic Quarrel

True Bipartisan

For the good of all…

We ride together

But first, we must agree on the vehicle.

And then…

our destination!

The Moth’s Story

The humans are talking, I understand every word. The cat eyes me like missile-guiding radar, interested but too far to pounce.

I know these humans — dumb that they are — cannot hear me, but I talk to them anyway. I have trained myself to understand the humans, so it is very frustrating that they have not done the same.

Reciprocation is a two-way street, you know!

Vermont Partnership For Fairness and Diversity and African American Heritage Trail Create Opportunities For Poets Of Color

Mount Island is excited to announce that the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity (VPFD) and Vermont African American Heritage Trail—an initiative of the VPFD— have donated a total of $150 toward the Lucy Terry Prince prize. Celebrated poet Major Jackson, who lives and teaches in Vermont, will serve as judge for the inaugural Lucy Terry Prince Prize. Major Jackson is the author of five books of poetry, including The Absurd Man (2020), Roll Deep (2015), Holding Company (2010), Hoops (2006) and Leaving Saturn (2002), which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems. The donation will cover the $10 entry fee of 15 poets of color seeking to submit their work for consideration.

HatchSpace presents Woodturning Workshops in December

Hatchspace, 35 Frost St in Brattleboro, Vermont, is a non-profit dedicated to sharpening an appreciation for the work of human hands through the learning, practice, and teaching of woodworking.

Now one year old, Hatch serves the greater Brattleboro community with shared member workspace and classes for all levels of experience and interest.

Upcoming in December, instructor Blake Johnson offers a two part series in woodturning.

Today in Late October 2019

A poem inspired by today’s world headlines.

spinning toward election
lawmakers reject proposal
fighters have left
forces captured
crisis turns violent
protesters pack square

What’s for Lunch?

I had seen a 10 minute play which starts with a character complaining that when he tried to purchase a bottle of aspirin at a drug store, the clerk told him: “We don’t have that.”

It reminded me of a strange experience I had on Staten Island more than 30 years ago.

Valentines for Veterans: Free Workshop Activity

Join us at Brooks Memorial Library at 10:30 am on Saturday, January 19th, for a morning of card making for our veterans, some of the many men and women who have given so much in service to our country.
This workshop is absolutely FREE, and all materials will be provided.

How to Create Your Own Website BDCC Workshop

A December 4th workshop will help small businesses and nonprofits create their own website. The Workshop is sponsored by INSTIG8, an arm of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, and will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the BDCC office at the Cotton Mill.

Halloween Costumes 2018

One of the casualties of our move away from Cedar Street is that we can no longer provide you with the full report on Brattleboro halloween costumes as we’ve done before. I’m not happy about it. I loved the yearly lists of creative output by our younger residents.

It’s going to be up to you as individuals to make note of the costumes this year, and here’s your space to do it. If you see anything wild or wonderful, let us all know.

Embodying the Light – A Free Workshop: Let Your Creativity Shine

Which artists, or other creatives, feel like kindred spirits to you? You may be drawn to people whose styles and techniques you’d like to emulate. And you might gravitate towards people who create in very different ways from you. Perhaps you are inspired by their perspectives and a shared sense of the impact you want your art to have in the world.

Years ago, workshop facilitator, Deidra Razzaque, created a WOW Family for herself. This “family” is comprised of singers, visual artists, writers, and community activists whom she envisions as an accepting,encouraging family, saying, “Wow, that’s amazing! Go for it!” regarding her creativity.